Kevin Lynch (hunger striker)

Kevin Lynch (hunger striker)

Infobox 1981 Hungerstriker
irish= Caoimhín Ó Loingsigh
name= Kevin Lynch
paramilitaryorganisation= INLA
dateofbirth= 25 May, 1956
placeofbirth= Dungiven, County Londonderry
hungerstrikestarted= 23 May, 1981
died= 1 August, 1981
daysonstrike= 71|
:"For other people with this name see Kevin Lynch."Kevin Lynch (Irish name: Caoimhín Ó Loingsigh; [cite web | title = Ag bunadh Gaeltachta | url = | publisher = "An Phoblacht" | date = 3 May 2007 | accessdate = 2007-10-29] May 25 1956 - 1 August 1981) was an Irish Republican hunger striker and member of the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) from Park near Dungiven, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The Dungiven hurling team was renamed Kevin Lynch's Hurling Club in his honour after his death.

Early life

Lynch was the youngest in a family of eight children born to Paddy and Bridie Lynch in Park, south County Derry.

Lynch's older brother, Frank, was an amateur boxer and Kevin also participated in boxing as well and Gaelic football and hurling. Lynch was a member of the winning Dungiven team which won the Feile na nGael in Thurles, County Tipperary in 1971 and in 1972 he captained the County Derry Hurling team to an Under-16 All-Ireland title at Croke Park, Dublin by beating County Armagh. ["Tírghrá", National Commemoration Centre, 2002. PB) ISBN 0-9542946-0-2 p.241]

INLA career

He was tried, convicted and sentenced to ten years for stealing shotguns, taking part in a punishment shooting and conspiring to take arms from the security forces and sent to the Maze Prison for ten years in December 1977. He got involved in the blanket protest and joined the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike on May 23, 1981 and died 71 days later.


External links

* [ Biography from IRIS, Vol. 1, No. 2, November 1981] (Sinn Féin publication)
* [ Biography from the Irish Republican Socialist Movement]

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